Archive for 2008

How Purchasing Training Just Got More Fun!

This week, we announced one of several innovations and improvements that we are launching this quarter: the addition of multimedia mid-term games to our online purchasing training classes! Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! While you may not expect to find purchasing-related questions on popular game shows like “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” and “Jeopardy,”…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – CFO’s View of Procurement

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing an Aberdeen whitepaper entitled “The CFO’s View of Procurement: Same Page, Different Language,” available from Zycus. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Contrary to many whitepapers I’ve reviewed, this is one that I found interesting right away. Early…

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The Recession & Supplier Stratification

Earlier this year, I did a podcast with Michael Massetti, the VP of Procurement and Quality at Tekelec, as well as an article, both entitled “Skillfully Managing Supplier Relationships.” During the podcast, we discussed the concept of supplier stratification. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Massetti revealed that he stratifies his supply base into three tiers:…

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Source One Becomes Newest Sponsor of the Purchasing Certification Blog

Source One Management Services, LLC has become the newest sponsor of the Purchasing Certification Blog under our new sponsorship arrangement. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Source One is a company that has fascinated me for some time now. They have their hands in a lot of different activities and I’m hearing and seeing their name…

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Procurement Discussions Pick Up On LinkedIn SPSM Group

For those of you who haven’t checked in recently, the SPSM Group on LinkedIn has been gradually picking up in terms of activity. There have been many discussions started and some interesting opinions and advice shared. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Here are just some of the questions/topics that have started discussions: What are the…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Optimizing Supply Chain Performance

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today, I’ll be reviewing a whitepaper entitled “Optimizing Performance Across Your Supply Chain” from Information Builders. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! This whitepaper addressed a variety of topics from competing supply chain objectives to managing risk to sharing information with suppliers to…

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Sustaining a Procurement Transformation

I hope that you have enjoyed the article “10-Step Procurement Transformation, Part II.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! One of the steps that I feel particularly strongly about is #9 – Create Policies to Support Transformation. It takes me back to the time I was working for a large university. The university, which had a…

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New Sponsorship Model For The Purchasing Certification Blog

Well, we’ve run our three-month trial of sponsorships here on the Purchasing Certification Blog and have a better idea of where we want to take things moving forward. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! Here at Next Level Purchasing, we often reference our list of our top 5 priorities in order beginning with the most important…

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Whitepaper Wednesday – Supply Chain Risk

Welcome back to another installment of Whitepaper Wednesday here on the Purchasing Certification Blog. Today’s installment covers a whitepaper from SAP entitled “Understanding and Managing Supply Chain Risk.” Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe here! The whitepaper begins by describing the benefits of “supply chain design.” I agree that, too often, our supply chains are essentially a…

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Purchasing & Supply Management Loses A Guru

I’ve been in disbelief since receiving the phone call last Wednesday afternoon. My cousin, friend, and fellow procurement enthusiast Justin Falgione suddenly and unexpectedly passed on while traveling on business. It wasn’t until after attending his funeral today that I could bring myself to write a tribute to this brilliant individual. Don’t miss updates on Procurement & Supply Chain, Subscribe…

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